DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.comDIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

Last weekend we hosted my lovely friend Davina’s baby shower at the studio, so I felt like I could take it upon myself to make whatever kind of crazy cake I wanted to go along with it. After all, sugar is in the name and I only need half a reason to bust out my next Picasso of cakes anyways! Plus Davina and Kyle decided not to find out the sex of the baby early, so it left me no choice but to use every kid-friendly color there ever was just in case.

All of that to say I ended up making this DIY abstract watercolor painted cake as a result. I also had at least five people at the party ask me if it was edible, and yes, of course it is (it’s practically criminal if it’s not!). Plus it takes almost no artistic skills whatsoever to decorate this baby, so you can line all of your big kids up and just let them have at it for their next party or occasion, too!

DIY abstract watercolor cake | sugarandcloth.com

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

Wilton gel food coloring

Clear vodka/liquor or clear flavored alcohol based extract like almond extract

Toothpicks

A food dedicated paint brush

Plain, white iced cake (any flavor will do, just make sure the icing has hardened a bit)

Small bowl with water and paper towel

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

Use several small bowls to prep for each color you plan to use, and fill them each with about a quarter inch of vodka or alcohol base. Next, use a tooth pick to drop a small dab of gel food color into each cup and use the pick to stir the color well.

The more gel coloring you add the stronger the color will show up, the less you add the more transparent the color will be. Adding too much also makes the food coloring stay a bit shiny, so try to avoid excess if you can.

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

Use a food dedicated painted brush (I.e.- any unused, strictly for food brush) paint on each color sporadically over the iced cake. Continue to do this until it’s as colorful as you’d like, just make sure to dip your brush in the bowl of water to rinse before each color, being sure to wipe the water from the brush with the paper towel. Putting plain water on icing will make a sticky mess!

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.comDIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

For even more unique colors, try painting a quick run over another color like pink and blue to make a rainbow purple. Inevitably kids will get this going right away, but I actually had to talk myself into letting the colors touch about. Not OCD at all, you guys! Nothing to see here..DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.comDIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

I really love how it turned out, and now I’m just deciding on what other things I can paint edible watercolor on. I tell ya, when I get on a kick I really like to run with it, you know?! Have you all ever painted anything totally random on your desserts? Let’s hear it!

The glitter cake topper letters are from The Bannerie // Cake stand from World Market

* Please note that rubbing alcohol can be used in place of vodka or clear flavored alcohols if you choose not to use such items. A lot of bakers and how-to’s use the rubbing alcohol trick of the trade because, though it shouldn’t be consumed by mouth, when it is used is very small quantities mixed with gel food coloring, it actually evaporates so quickly that it doesn’t cause harm when used correctly. With all projects use see on Sugar & Cloth, you assume full responsibility  when recreating tutorials at home.
DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.comDIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

Last weekend we hosted my lovely friend Davina’s baby shower at the studio, so I felt like I could take it upon myself to make whatever kind of crazy cake I wanted to go along with it. After all, sugar is in the name and I only need half a reason to bust out my next Picasso of cakes anyways! Plus Davina and Kyle decided not to find out the sex of the baby early, so it left me no choice but to use every kid-friendly color there ever was just in case.

All of that to say I ended up making this DIY abstract watercolor painted cake as a result. I also had at least five people at the party ask me if it was edible, and yes, of course it is (it’s practically criminal if it’s not!). Plus it takes almost no artistic skills whatsoever to decorate this baby, so you can line all of your big kids up and just let them have at it for their next party or occasion, too!

DIY abstract watercolor cake | sugarandcloth.com

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

Wilton gel food coloring

Clear vodka/liquor or clear flavored alcohol based extract like almond extract

Toothpicks

A food dedicated paint brush

Plain, white iced cake (any flavor will do, just make sure the icing has hardened a bit)

Small bowl with water and paper towel

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

Use several small bowls to prep for each color you plan to use, and fill them each with about a quarter inch of vodka or alcohol base. Next, use a tooth pick to drop a small dab of gel food color into each cup and use the pick to stir the color well.

The more gel coloring you add the stronger the color will show up, the less you add the more transparent the color will be. Adding too much also makes the food coloring stay a bit shiny, so try to avoid excess if you can.

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

Use a food dedicated painted brush (I.e.- any unused, strictly for food brush) paint on each color sporadically over the iced cake. Continue to do this until it’s as colorful as you’d like, just make sure to dip your brush in the bowl of water to rinse before each color, being sure to wipe the water from the brush with the paper towel. Putting plain water on icing will make a sticky mess!

DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.comDIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

For even more unique colors, try painting a quick run over another color like pink and blue to make a rainbow purple. Inevitably kids will get this going right away, but I actually had to talk myself into letting the colors touch about. Not OCD at all, you guys! Nothing to see here..DIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.comDIY Abstract watercolor painted cake | sugarandcloth.com

I really love how it turned out, and now I’m just deciding on what other things I can paint edible watercolor on. I tell ya, when I get on a kick I really like to run with it, you know?! Have you all ever painted anything totally random on your desserts? Let’s hear it!

The glitter cake topper letters are from The Bannerie // Cake stand from World Market

* Please note that rubbing alcohol can be used in place of vodka or clear flavored alcohols if you choose not to use such items. A lot of bakers and how-to’s use the rubbing alcohol trick of the trade because, though it shouldn’t be consumed by mouth, when it is used is very small quantities mixed with gel food coloring, it actually evaporates so quickly that it doesn’t cause harm when used correctly. With all projects use see on Sugar & Cloth, you assume full responsibility  when recreating tutorials at home.

Comments

  • jewel7013

    09.24.14

    A+ for originality and the smooth icing surface used to add the abstract colors is flawless…

  • Brittni

    09.24.14

    This is so pretty, Ash! I love it.

    • Ashley said:

      haha, thanks lex!

  • oxfordsandgrease

    09.24.14

    Looks great! I am however very concerned about using rubbing alcohol with food products, particularly if you’re letting little kids paint the cake. Rubbing alcohol contains isopropyl alcohol, which is toxic if consumed, even in small amounts. Save the rubbing alcohol for disinfecting the kids’ skinned knees after they run around in the backyard on all that sugar; for the cake, stick with vodka.

    • Ashley said:

      Hey Elijah! Glad you love the look :) Flavored extracts and clear liquors can be used instead, but not everyone will want their kid drunk painting (though my earlier artworks as a kid look like it) with straight vodka, so I included the rubbing alcohol as a monitored option. I added the option of clear, alcohol based extracts too as well as a disclaimer at the bottom of the post to clarify for those that may be uninformed! Thanks so much for speaking up in case, virtual hugs to you!

  • aileepetrovic

    09.24.14

    This cake is seriously gorgeous. There is so much sugar in the Sugar & Cloth studio – I feel like I would gain 50 lbs. just by being in the parking lot! Too fun. xo

    • Ashley said:

      hahaha! best comment ever ;)

  • Maru

    09.25.14

    This is lovely! If I made this I would be afraid of eating it all before sharing it :)

  • Gilit

    09.28.14

    It’s beyond gorgeous and it made me so happy to see Bannerie letters on top! XO!

  • camilaromais

    09.29.14

    I’m totally trying this! great idea :D xo from Brazil!

  • Kayla

    10.02.14

    Cute Cake? One quick question… I am under 21 so I cannot purchase vodka, and I dont know if thats safe to serve to my the younger guests eating the cake… Anyt other substitutes because I do not think parents would be okay with a 14 yr old eating a cake that has vodka in it. Thanks

  • molly yeh

    01.30.15

    i am so in love with this! i’m definitely going to be doing this soon.

  • kate

    03.15.15

    Hi Ashley,
    I love this cake perfect for my besties birthday this week!!
    Can I ask what cake you used and your buttercream recipe please?
    Thank you
    Kate

  • lori

    03.25.16

    Couldn’t you use vanilla extract, something like that?

    • Ashley said:

      It has to something with a really high alcohol content that’s clear so that it doesn’t alter the color and evaporates quickly :)

  • Lauren

    08.21.16

    Do you need to use gel food coloring or would your normal liquid food coloring work?

    • Ashley said:

      Gel food coloring and almond extract work best, Lauren!